Tropical Storm Koinu expected to strengthen to typhoon, closest to Taiwan Wednesday

Tropical Storm Koinu formed east of the Philippines yesterday, and is expected to be upgraded to typhoon status before approaching the southeast coast of Taiwan and passing through the Bashi Channel later this week.

According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, early this morning Koinu was located 1,050 kilometers southeast of the Hengchun Peninsula and moving northwest at 12 kilometers per hour. The tropical storm had a minimum pressure of 985 hpa, with sustained winds of 25 meters per second and maximum gusts of 33 meters per second.

CWB meteorologists expect that a marine warning will be issued on Tuesday, and the storm is expected to be closest to Taiwan Wednesday and Thursday. Whether or not a land warning is issued depends on how far northward the storm moves before curving towards the Bashi Channel when the Pacific high pressure system strengthens on Tuesday.

The Maritime and Ports Bureau Eastern Navigation Center announced today that ferry services to Green Island and Orchid Island will be suspended from noon tomorrow until Thursday, October 5.

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